I have no shame in saying that I have access to some of the most incredible people on the planet. No. Shame.
Let me introduce you to some of those people in the form of a family that I’ve known for a while. They continue to challenge me and encourage me. Since I’ve been home, they’ve (in the oddest way) provided some of the most comfort in this “transitional” period because they’re in one themselves.
This is Amy.
She’s a kindergarten teacher. She cooks Pinterest meals. (She sings..but don’t tell anyone.) She is wise. She visited Uganda in 2012 and fell in love. It was out of her comfort zone and kind of a last minute trip, but God doesn’t let anything happen without a purpose. God opened her heart in a big way to the whole idea of adoption.
This is Drew.
He runs. A lot. He’s probably spent more time running than you have going to the bathroom in your entire life, and I think that’s saying a lot. He drinks a lot of coffee. He worked for Chickfila for a while. He sometimes does ridiculous things, and he’s always up for a challenge. Drew has been highly involved in a local church, owner of a coffee shop, and about eighteen other things in the three years I’ve known him.
This is Malachi.
He’s the fastest runner I know. He’s allergic to some things. He loves temporary tattoos and man things and is really good at football. The kid throws a perfect spiral. He brings great joy to Drew & Amy on the daily.
Together, they make one of my favorite families.
They’re high on my list for several reasons. First of all, they’re just fun to be around – each of them has a different personality that brings joy. Together they’re a power family. And in the past year, God has given them an incredible vision for the future.
Remember Amy’s trip to Uganda and how her heart was stirred for adoption? Well, they are currently high on the list to adopt a child from Uganda! Not only that, but God has called them to move there as full-time missionaries for an extended amount of time (you know, more than a month). They will have the opportunity to work alongside other missionaries while serving the local community and helping build/run an incredible orphanage community.
I hope you’re beginning to glimpse why they have been such a huge aid in my reentry process. They are giving it all up for the gospel. They’ve got the global vision. I’ve had the pleasure of helping them in several ways as they prepare to serve in Africa. My heart is so full from hearing their hearts, helping make their vision a reality, and bonding over all of the crazy things God is doing in our lives. God knows exactly what we need it when we need it, that’s for sure. And he doesn’t withhold a good thing from His children.
My heart is blown by how faithful God is when we follow hard after His word and His calling in us. The fun part is that we never have to worry about what or if He’s calling us to something. With the Holy Spirit, we have direct access to the throne room and God moves His Spirit to show us the way. I consider it a great privilege and blessing to watch this story unfold and to see this family be so faithful to the moving of the Spirit in their lives. It’s changing their whole community like a ripple effect – teaching people to trust, helping people grow, and encouraging others to press on.
There’s a whole lot more to their story and what’s in store for them over the next year, but I’ll let them tell you about it. Find out more by visiting www.runningforeden.com. You can also find them on the Facebook or follow Drew’s twitter account (@running_drew).
We have redemption in Him through His blood, the forgiveness of our sins, according to the riches of His grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure that He planned in Him for the administration of the days of fulfillment—to bring everything together in the Messiah, both things in heaven and things on earth in Him. Ephesians 1:7-10